Robot entrepreneurs

Robot entrepreneurs

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Deputy principal Mike Erith with the Southern River College robotics team. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

Students from Southern River College announced the completion of their robot last Friday.

A group of 13 students from years 10 and 11 known as The Collective built a robot for the upcoming First Robotic Competition, which will be held at Olympic Park in Sydney this month.

Since February 4 students and teachers designed and built a robot, which will compete in the steam works category.

College deputy principal Mike Erith secured a Google grant to allow the students to take part in the competition.

Mr Erith said the competition represented an opportunity for students to develop their technical and creative skills.

“They can apply these skills in an international context,” he said.

“The competition involves 40 teams from around Australia and the South Pacific including teams from China and the USA.

“Southern River is one of five teams from WA and the others are from Curtin University, Living Waters in Rockingham and Cecil Andrews.”

Mr Erith said the team had help from mentors at Curtin and dedicated Southern River teachers David Hosken and Sarah Wickham.

“In a few weeks they will fly over east to compete in the first robotics competition,” he said.

“Depending on how they go they might even find themselves competing with their robot in America.”